ENCHANTMENT EXPERIENCES AND THE RELATION BETWEEN THE MIRAÑA OF CUIÚ-CUIÚ AND THE PINK RIVER DOLPHIN (Inia geoffrensis)

Juliana Cabral de Oliveira Dutra, Rafael Barbi Costa e Santos

Abstract


This work seeks further clarification on the relationship between the Miraña of the Cuiú-Cuiú Indigenous Land, and its surroundings, and the pink river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), regionally known as boto. We demonstrate, through the use of ethnographic methods and the theory of Amerindian Perspectivism, how this indigenous group from the médio Solimões relates to the pink river dolphin and how their cosmology is linked to the predation practices, of this animal, used as bait for the capture of the picaratinga catfish (Calophysus macropterus). We seek to identify the reasons that lead fishermen to kill, or not to kill, botos. Demonstrating the unique ideas of the Miraña about the pink river dolphin, we intend to call attention to the importance of understanding and valuing the Amazonian cosmologies in the planning and execution of conservation initiatives in the region.

Keywords


Pink River Dolphin; Miraña, Enchanted; Amerindia; Perspectivism; Conservation; Boto-Vermelho; Miranha; Encantados; Perspectivismo Ameríndio; Equivocação; Conservação

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